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Truck crash kills beloved West Virginia snow cone vendor

In any community, there are people you get to know. Maybe it's the owner of your corner grocery store or an elderly neighbor you wave to each day while walking your dog. Even if you never learn their names, small connections with the people around us are what make West Virginia neighborhoods and communities unique and special to those who live in them. Sadly, a West Virginia man who many people felt connected to through his summer business passed away after he was hit by a truck on Saturday.

The 57-year-old man owned a small snow cone business that he operated out of his van in Berkeley Springs. On Saturday afternoon, the man was selling snow cones in his normal location off U.S. 522 when a truck collided with two other cars on the highway. The truck lost control and drove off the road into the snow cone van.

Although emergency crews rushed the man to a nearby hospital, his injuries from the truck accident were so severe that he died soon after arriving. Police cited the truck driver for driving with a revoked license and failing to maintain his lane. For the victim's family and community, however, that may not be punishment enough.

The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one is difficult for anyone to bear. While this family has a supportive community to help them through such a tragic experience, they might also want to consider their legal options. No family should have to watch a negligent driver go unpunished for causing the death of their loved one.

Source: journal-news.net, "Popular 'snowcone man' dies in crash," Jenni Vincent, June 17, 2013

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